Cricket: Al’ inspires Hooton Pagnell ‘Wyn’ over Fishlake

Hooton Pagnell CC v Fishlake (fielding) 'Alwyn Dyke batting
Hooton Pagnell CC v Fishlake (fielding) 'Alwyn Dyke batting
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Alwyn Dyke’s third consecutive half century helped Hooton Pagnell on their way to an impressive 45-run victory.

Welcoming Doncaster rivals Fishlake to their Gardens Corner base, the Black Rams won the toss and elected to bat - setting off strongly as opener Dyke led from the front.

Hooton Pagnell CC v Fishlake (fielding) 'Matthew Harrison bats under watchful eye of wicket keeper Josh Yeaman

Hooton Pagnell CC v Fishlake (fielding) 'Matthew Harrison bats under watchful eye of wicket keeper Josh Yeaman

Knocking a collection of nine fours, Dyke (50) saw his partners rapidly change early on as Fishlake dispatched Alasdair Fearns and Gary Chopping for ducks with the total on 18-2.

However, Matthew Harrison and Dyke’s stand of 59 saw the score recover to 77-3 during Saturday’s league clash.

It was a strong showing all round for Harrison who hit 35, including a six, and picked up 3-15 bowling figures later on.

Ian Taylor was another strong performer for the hosts - smashing six fours in his score of 39 before eventually being sent back to the pavilion - caught by Tim Elliot off Anthony Garrigan’s bowling.

Hooton Pagnell CC v Fishlake (fielding) 'Dom Lawrence just misses the catch of Matthew Harrison's hit

Hooton Pagnell CC v Fishlake (fielding) 'Dom Lawrence just misses the catch of Matthew Harrison's hit

That seemed to break up mid-table Hooton’s momentum as their next best score came from David Kaye (15no) and Fishlake restricted Pagnell to 163-7 from 46 overs.

Fishlake’s Matt Windass collected 2-16 from five overs and Garrigan 41-2 which included three maidens.

In response, things began badly for Fishlake as their openers Charlie Metcalfe went out for 0 and Windass 2.

However, Pete Roper caused problems in at number three as he stood firm, carefully guiding his shots to the boundary, frustrating Hooton’s bowlers.

Five fours later, Roper was dismissed for 39 - caught by Harrison from Danny Bent’s bowl - for the seventh wicket to leave Fishlake on 87-7.

Despite Dominic Lawrence’s 19 and Ryan Pearson’s 22, Hooton wrapped up the victory as they fired Fishlake all out for 118 in 40.1 overs.

Harrison’s figures alongside Steve Hardaker’s 2-25, Dyke’s 2-36 and Bent’s 29-2 helped Hooton on their way to ten points as Fishlake picked up three in the Pontefract League Division One clash.,